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WPN Quickies: Ants, Xboxes, and Chicken Hugs

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This week’s online guide for the attention deficient is just plain weird. Enjoy.

Girls With Xbox Junkie Boyfriends Form Online Support Group

Is this a real group or a bunch of hocus-pocus to get MTV’s attention? You be the judge.

A couple of weeks ago, MTV.com ran an article entitled "When The Other Woman’s an Xbox: Gaming Gripes Go Online." A group of Kansas State University girls, tired of being two-timed for Halo 2, formed an online circle they called "Girls Against Video Games" at the college social networking site, Facebook.com.

But Monday, mega-popular gadget blog, Gizmodo, announced that the whole thing was setup to win the favor of MTV during a video game promotion.

"Ladies, if you really want to get on MTV that bad, do it the old fashioned way-appear braless on one of those reality shows. I hear Real World: Lawrence is going to be hawt," reads Gizmodo.

Be Nice To Your Chicken; Send An Online Hug

From Al Jazeera of all places, they remind us that ground-breaking research is happening all over the world. Scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have devised a special vibrating jacket that mimics touch over the Internet.

So far, the prototypes only fit chickens, but researchers hope one day to adapt it so that parents on business trips can send a hug to their kids. And I can think of no other use for this at all, can you?

How’s Your Ant Google?

Okay, bad pun. Like this one: What did the Pink Panther say when he stepped on an ant?

"Dead ant. Dead ant. Dead ant, dead ant, dead ant, dead ant, dead-annnnnnnnt."

Tough room.

A California entomologist, impressed with the utility of Google Earth for mapping new species of ants, has named a rare species of insect after the search engine. If you can’t make it to Madagascar to find Proceratium google, you can find him at AntWeb, the Google Earth Ant Farm mash-up.

WPN Quickies: Ants, Xboxes, and Chicken Hugs
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